Find 7 Minutes of Heaven, Mom-style

Who needs an adventure when you’re a mom? It’s already a daily—sometimes hour-by-hour or even minute-by-minute—social media feed of updates and “life-ending” crises when it comes to kids.

As a multitasking, problem-solving counselor, it can be a miracle to just keep the bathroom door shut for five stinkin’ minutes of peace and quiet.

We know what seven minutes of heaven meant back in the day, but forget the closet. Here are seven tips to help make life a little easier as a busy mom:

1. Try a 7-minute workout.
Sure it’s sounds super short, but every minute matters and a short burst of energy can help keep your heart rate up, and your blood pressure down, even when the craziness hits.

2. Deep breaths.
On that drive home, when you’re stuck in traffic, turn off the radio and breathe, deeply. Try it for a count of six, breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale at the same rate out. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel in less than 2 minutes.

3. Have a cup of tea.
Even for all of us coffee addicts, there is something about a calming cup of tea that can quiet the nerves. (There’s a reason spas and yoga studios serve tea over a hot cup of joe.)

4. Count three things you’re grateful.
If you focus on the good, it’s easier to forget the bad. Plus it’s a great way to diminish your stress levels if you’re focusing on the glass full instead of half empty.

5. Take a 10-minute walk.
Even if it’s just around your office building’s hallway in the dead of winter. Getting up from the rat race will help clear your mind from the cubicle clutter—and spare you from the open office drama that many employees now face.

6. Go for the vanilla and lavender.
To detox from work and keep the kids at bay, smell some lavender or vanilla. Both are known to help reduce anxiety and eliminate stress. (Maybe this is why the French always seem so happy.)

7. Stop carrying around so much stuff in that big a$$ heavy mom purse.
Wearing an infinity scarf with a pocket, such as a SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap purse, means your back and neck won’t be screaming from carrying all the crap in one place. (It also helps to know where your stuff is, so you aren’t running around trying to find it while getting the kids in the car.)
Don’t forget, we can all be a little hard on ourselves, so just remember, NOBODY—not even the Pope— is perfect. We’re all just doing the best we can.
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